Interpreting you MRI neck (cervical spine
1. Multilevel degenerative changes: There are degenerative changes noted at more than one level (C1-2, C3-4, C4-5, C5-6 and C6-7). There are 7 bones(vertebrae) in the cervical spine and numbered accordingly, C3-4 referring to the regions lower portion of C3 and upper part of C4. In your case there is no change from what was observed in MRI done on 11-04-2010.
2. In the C5-6 region broad based osteophyte
complex refers to an age related owtgrowth arising from the vertebrae at that level. In your sace this is causing severe central spinal canal
stenosis (external compression on the spinal cord
at that level and also resulting in pressure on nerve roots that eit the region through holes on either side. Spinal cord is normal.
3. At C6-7 level also there is a broad based bony outgrowth with a causing little disc protrusion
to left side with resulting pressure on the exiting nerve on the left side of severe grade with the spinal canal diameter being reduced at this level on its left side.
Weakness on your right side could be the result of nerve root compression
at C5-6 level. Please report any similar problems on your left side immediately to your doctor, if you experience any.
Now you have to take into account your POEMS disease also when we talk about weakness. In POEMS disease there is polyneuropathy
which is an important feature. Your weakness must be appropriately evaluated keeping in mind your neck changes and the fact that you also suffer from POEMS disease.